Introduction

In this policy we lay out data privacy. Your privacy, specifically, the privacy of your personal information, is important to us. Our privacy policy is designed to advise you about how we collect, use, and protect the personal information you provide. We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy. This privacy policy, and all policies linked to this privacy policy and on our website, apply to the data we process. Please read this policy carefully to understand our policies and practices regarding your information and how we will treat it.

What Information is Collected

We do not regularly collect personal data like most other websites you may be accustomed to visiting.  We do, however, occasionally collect a variety of data in order to deliver our services, such as answer a question you may ask us or fulfill an order pursuant to your request of us and our acceptance (like requesting a speaker from Stop Meeting Like This at your upcoming event). Of the data we collect (which we will talk about in more detail below), we do not collect or process what are called “special categories” of data that may risk your rights and freedoms. For example, we do not collect any characteristics of protected classifications including age, race or ethnic origin, religion or philosophical beliefs, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union memberships, biometric data used to identify an individual, health data, genetic data, data related to sexual orientation, sexual preferences, sex life, gender, or data related to gender identity or expression.  We ensure that we collect and manage your personal data transparently, fairly and securely through the use of processors and sub processors that consistently represent they are in compliance with applicable laws regarding the safety and security of your information as well as incorporate many of the safeguards of other policies (https://www.stopmeetinglikethis.com/terms/).

Whenever we collect personal information from you, we are open and transparent about its use, and you can access the following precise information from us:

  • data we have collected from you
  • the basis on which we are holding it (e.g. because you gave us consent)
  • what we will do with it
  • how long we will hold it for
  • where it is stored
  • who it might be shared with
  • your rights in relation to the data, and
  • information on how you can access and manage this data.

We have provided further detail below about the specific types of data we collect, how we collect the data, and our reasons for doing so.

(a) Information You Provide to Us Directly:  It should not surprise you we collect any information you enter on our site, send us through email, or that you give us in any other way. This information does not include information collected through other websites operated by a third party or otherwise collected by someone other than us. You can choose not to provide certain information, but you may not be able to take advantage of all of our services and features.

(b) Automatic Information:  When you visit a website, you disclose certain information, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address and the time of your visit. This site, like many other sites, records this basic information about visits to our site through Google Analytics, but we reasonably anonymize IP addresses by blocking part of your IP address so that it cannot be reasonably connected to you or used to identify you.  If you would like more information about Google Analytics you can click here (https://marketingplatform.google.com/about/analytics/). 

(c) We collect two types of information about you. The first type of information we collect is information by which you may be personally identified and you voluntarily provide to us, such name and email address. If you have other requests of us, such as telling us how we can help when you fill in our website Contact Us form, describing your event when you fill in a Speaker Request form on our website, or reporting a problem with our website, you may choose to provide us information such as your name, postal address, email address, company name, telephone number or any other identifier by which you may be contacted by us online or offline (“personally identifiable information”).  We may keep a copy of your correspondence (including your email address) if you write us. This includes any social media posts you may make on our social media sites (such as Facebook or Instagram) so we can keep track of who submitted what and are able to contact you if we need to regarding your submission. We do not collect personal data relating to special categories, criminal convictions or information that is likely to result in any risk to your rights and freedoms. 

The second type of information we collect is information that is about you individually but does not by itself identify you (“non-personal information”). This type of information is generally collected automatically as you navigate through a website, such as IP addresses, which URL you came from, browsing patterns and actions, location data, zip code, operating system of your computer, browser type and information collected through cookies, flash cookies, web beacons, logs and other tracking technologies that helps us continually improve our services to you, but when you use our website we reasonably anonymize and aggregate this information, so it cannot be used to reasonably identify you. Cookies are small strings of information (also called data files) that are placed on a visitor’s computer to monitor how users interact with websites and other online services, or in other words, “remember you” and your preferences. The cookies make your use of the site easier, make the site run more smoothly, help us to estimate our audience size, usage patterns and maintain a secure site.. Please know that you are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, but some parts of our site may not work properly in that case. We collect the country and postal code your computer is in, but this data reasonably anonymized and aggregated, which means that it cannot be reasonably connected to you personally, but rather shows us where our visitors are located so we are able to continually try to stay helpful to our members, guests and fellow writers. Currently, Stop Meeting Like This uses Google Analytics cookies. This Google Analytics cookie is set by Google JavaScript library (analytics.js).  The analytics.js library is part of the Google Universal Analytics and uses this source cookie with an anonymous identifier to distinguish users. The _ga cookie has a duration of two years. If you choose to disable or otherwise block certain cookies, you may be unable to use or experience decreased functionality with parts of a website.

(d)  Third-Party Collected Information:  We may provide you links to third party pages we also use or that reference us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Forbes.  These pages are different than our page and we do not control the third parties that host them.  We urge you to be careful about giving out information on these social media websites and message boards, which may be posted and viewed by or transmitted to others and/or the general public.  These third parties may use cookies (along with other tracking technologies) to provide you services or enhance your experience with their products.  Although we encourage these providers to meet our strict guidelines regarding your information, we do not control these parties’ tracking technologies or how they may be used.  If you have questions about a third party uses and protects your information, you should contact them directly.

How, Where and When the Information is Used

The information we collect is used for administering our business activities and fulfilling any other purpose for which you provide it and consent. If you are in the EU, UK or Switzerland, or any other country, this data is transferred out of the country you accessed our website with your consent.  You have explicitly consented to us transferring your first and last name, email, and any other information you provide to us to California, United States, in order for us to perform services for you and your requests of us to do so as well as to our processors, sub processors and third-party vendors, who are also located in the United States or Canada, which you can review below.  If you do not fill out contact forms or send us your information with your explicit consent, we do not collect your information.  We may use your information:  to carry out our obligations and enforce our rights for contracts entered into between you and us; to prevent fraud; to protect the rights and/or life of an individual; to protect our rights or prevent misuse of our website, property or services; to notify you about changes to our website, new services, or special offers; to recognize you when you return to our Site and remember your preferences; and, when you ask us to use your information for business activities administered by third parties, such as releasing your address information to the delivery service to deliver products/services that you ordered or provide order information to third parties that help us provide customer service.

Specifically, if you fill out your first and last name, company name and email on our website and request information or a response from us, we will contact you using the email you provide to us to answer your questions and communicate with you. We will use this information to respond to a speaker request; send you our newsletter if you request; or respond to questions or requests you may ask us. We collect this data using the lawful basis:  Legitimate Interest, to fulfill our commitments to you under applicable terms of service or other agreements, compliance with a legal obligation, and Consent.  We will ask you if you consent if we use your information for another purpose; notify you of important changes to our Website; or to fulfill any other purpose for which you provide us your personal information or which we obtain your consent.  We collect this data using the lawful basis:  Legitimate Interest, compliance with a legal obligation, and/or Consent.  We do not share or sell your information to third parties for marketing purposes.

Information that you choose to make public is shared publicly. Although this may seem obvious, we want to make sure that if you share information in a contribution for us to post with your consent, or in social media (like Facebook or Twitter), you realize that this will become public over the internet.  As you probably know, public information may be indexed by search engines or used by third parties.  Pease keep this in mind when deciding what you would like to share. 

We may use your non-personal information for any purpose, including the collection of information about online activities over time and across third-party websites or other online services (behavioral tracking).  We, like most other websites, may collect this information by using small data text files called “cookies” that are stored on your device’s hard drive (if your web browser permits) that can later be retrieved to identify you to us.  The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page.  The cookies make your use of the site easier, make the site run more smoothly, help us estimate our audience size usage patterns and maintain a secure site.

By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies.  You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, but some parts of our site may not work properly in that case. 

We do not process or respond to “Do Not Track” signals or other similar transmissions that indicate a request to disable online tracking of users who visit our site or who use our services.

Who Has Access to the Information, Controllers and Responsible Companies

Information about our users and their privacy is important to us. We will only use your information as we outline in this privacy policy agreement with you and in our Terms of Use [link]. Depending on which of our services you use, more than one company may be the controller of your personal data in our processors and sub-processors, discussed below. We will not disclose any personally identifiable information to any third party without first receiving your permission, which includes our processors and sub-processors and third-party vendors, below. We do not sell, trade, or rent your personally identifiable information to others.

Occasionally we may be required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to provide personally identifiable information to the appropriate governmental authorities upon receipt of a court order, subpoena, or to cooperate with a law enforcement investigation. We may also share business or personal information when we believe, in good faith, that release is necessary to comply with the law; to protect the life of an individual; to enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of Stop Meeting Like ThisTM, its affiliates, employees, users or others.

As we mentioned above, we may share your information with our processors, sub-processors and third-party vendors for example, for cloud services, hosting, payment services and data storage.  Here is a non-exclusive list of our processors and sub processors and what they are used for. This list is subject to change as our business evolves, and we will notify you by email or posting on this Website as the list evolves.

Sub Processor Name

Nature of Processing

Entity Country

ModX

Website Hosting and Cloud Service Provider

United States

Microsoft

Cloud Service Provider

United States

SmartSheet

Cloud Service Provider

United States

The Rocket Science Group, LLC. d/b/a Mailchimp

Cloud Service Provider

United States

 

While the data protection, privacy, and other laws of the United States might not be as comprehensive as those in your country, our processors and sub processors many steps to protect your privacy. Mailchimp, Smartsheet and ModX servers and offices are located in the United States, so your information may be transferred to, stored, or processed in the United States. Microsoft services and offices are worldwide, and your data will likely be transferred to specific data centers in the United States in light of the fact that we are located in the United States. Smartsheet also has offices in the United Kingdom and Australia and uses servers outside of the United States as well. Mailchimp, Microsoft and Smartsheet all represent that they participate in and have certified compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and/or standard contractual arrangements. ModX represents it is GDPR complaint. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, and view certifications, please visit https://www.privacyshield.gov. Further, Mailchimp and Microsoft represent they are complaint with the CCPA. Microsoft, as you would expect, further represents it is complaint with many other policies worldwide in addition to those listed above.

We use Mailchimp, Microsoft, ModX and Smartsheet to keep records in the cloud. We also use ModX to host our website. Mailchimp delivers billions of emails each month for millions of users and uses multiple message transit agents (sometimes called “MTA”) in different world-class data centers around the USA with world-class security measures, which you can read more about here (https://mailchimp.com/about/security/ or at mailchimp.com) and Mailchimp’s Data Processing Addendum here (https://mailchimp.com/legal/data-processing-addendum/). ModX hosts websites and offers cloud services for companies enabling them to maintain a website and work in the cloud. You can read more about Basecamp’s security overview here ( https://modx.com/policy/privacy#to-comply ). Smartsheet offers collaboration and work management to millions of workers in over 190 countries. You can read more about Smartsheet’s security overview here ( https://www.smartsheet.com/legal/privacy-services ). We, like many computer and internet users of the world, use Microsoft cloud-based services.  You can read more about Microsoft’s security and privacy over here ( https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/corporate-responsibility/privacy ).

How We Protect Your Information

The importance of security of your personally identifiable information is also very important to us. We have implemented measures designed to secure your personally identifiable information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, and disclosure.  For example, we use security software to protect the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information.  We use a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology when information is submitted to us on line.  We do not store any of your personal data at Stop Meeting Like ThisTM but instead use secure cloud storage through Mailchimp and Smartsheet services as well as the others mentioned above. However, please know that when we access your personally identifiable information from our computers, it is protected in several ways with firewalls, data encryption, physical security for our buildings, files and information contained therein and other current industry standards.  In addition, our business practices are reviewed periodically for compliance with policies and procedures governing the security and confidentiality of our information.  Our business practices limit employee access to confidential information, and limit the use and disclosure of such information to authorized persons.  Non-personal information that you provide or that we collect also resides on a secure server in our processor and sub processor and cloud infrastructure mentioned above and is only accessible via password.  We also use old fashioned lock and key with locking office doors, locking desks, building security systems, and other physical security measures.

The safety and security of your information also depends on you. Please do not share in a public forum any information you want to be private

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.  As a result, while we strive to protect your personally identifiable information, you acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations of the Internet which are beyond our control; (b) the security, integrity and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and us through this site cannot be guaranteed; and (c) any such information and data may be viewed or tampered with in transit by a third party.  Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk.  We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the website or other service.

In the unlikely event of a breach of our security, we will inform the relevant regulatory body within 72 hours (or other legal requirements) and, if your personal data was included in the breach, we will also inform you.

Children

This website does not provide services or sell products to children under the age of 18. If you are under the age of 18 years old, please do not enter any information into this site and do not use this site. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 18 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you are aware of any information we may have collected from a child under 18 years of age, please let us know so that we can delete that information.

Your Rights and How You Can Access, Manage and Correct Your Information

It is important that you keep your personally identifiable information up to date. We may give you notice of certain changes and updates by sending you a notice, including to the email address you provided us.  It is therefore important you acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to maintain a valid e-mail address as a user, review this site, our Terms of Use and this privacy policy periodically and to be aware of any changes, updates, modifications, additions or deletions. Your continued use of the site after such changes will constitute your acknowledgment of the modified privacy policy and agreement to abide and be bound by the modified privacy policy. 

Your personal data is yours and you have rights over it, including but not limited to:

  • the right to be informed about the collection and use of your personal data;
  • the right of access to your personal data and any supplementary information;
  • the right to have any errors in your personal data rectified;
  • the right to have your personal data erased (“right to be forgotten”);
  • the right to block or suppress the processing of your personal data;
  • the right to move, copy or transfer your personal data from one IT environment to another;
  • the right to withdraw your consent of our processing of your personal and data;
  • the right to file a complaint with your local supervisory authority;
  • the right to object to processing of your personal data in certain circumstances;
  • the right to non-discrimination for the same prices and service as those who have and have not exercised their privacy rights (although, as mentioned above, exercising rights such as the right to be forgotten, may prevent you from using our services and certain aspects of our website); and,
  • rights related to automated decision-making (i.e. where no humans are involved) and profiling (i.e. where certain personal data is processed to evaluate an individual).

To manage your data, you can contact us via e-mail with any requests that you may have.

You can request access to all your personally identifiable information and manage your data, including your withdrawal of consent, by sending an e-mail to us at privacy@stopmeetinglikethis.com.  We may not accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate a law or cause the information to be incorrect.  Please note that the personally identifiable information and non-personal information that we maintain will be deleted after we determine there is no longer any reason to process your information or otherwise fulfill our contractual obligations to you.  While we do not hold personal data any longer than we need to, the duration will depend on your relationship with us.  However, it may be impossible to completely delete your information from third party servers (if it was submitted to third parties) or without some residual information because of backups.  Also, if you request us to delete your information, you should realize that that deleting personal information may affect our ability to deliver services or may result in deleting your account completely. 

California residents have the right to request specific disclosures about our privacy practices, including telling you about the information we share with third parties for marketing purposes and the rights listed above (such as the right to non-discrimination).  To make such a request, please contact us at the addresses below.

Consent

By using our website and choosing to opt-in to our collection of your data, you consent to the collection and use of your personally identifiable information and non-personal information as described in this privacy policy and we assume we have your express permission and consent to use transfer your personally identifiable information and non-personal information as detailed herein.

Changes to Privacy Policy

If our privacy policy or procedures change, we will immediately post those changes to our website. Any such changes will be effective immediately upon being posted, unless otherwise stated in the change. By continuing to access or use our services after those changes become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised privacy policy.  The date the privacy policy was last revised is identified below.  We may notify you of changes to this privacy policy, but you are responsible for ensuring we have an up-to-date active and deliverable email address for you, and for periodically visiting our website and this privacy policy to check for any changes.

Privacy Policies and Data Collection From Third Party Websites

Except as described in this privacy policy, this document only addresses the use and disclosure of information that we collect from you. Although we strongly urge third parties to comply with our standards of protecting your data, please consult each website’s privacy policy and terms of use regarding their policies and data collection, as we are not responsible for the practices or policies of third parties and cannot control their collection of information.

Effective Date

This privacy policy is effective as of June 17, 2020.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact us by sending a letter to:

Jennifer Morgan
Stop Meeting Like This
139 Center Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
privacy@stopmeetinglikethis.com